National budget 7.30.09
National budget 7.30.09
Here are the top national stories today from GateHouse News Service. Stories are available at http://www.gatehousenewsservice.com/.
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WOODSTOCK ANNIVERSARY CONTENT: We’re collecting Woodstock anniversary content as the 40th anniversary approaches on Aug. 15-18. We’ll be adding to this package of links as more content comes in, so check back often to see what’s available.
BACK-TO-SCHOOL CONTENT: Check out our package of back-to-school content, which we will update as new items come in. If your paper has an item that would work on a national scale, please send it to us via Zope or by e-mailing it to email@example.com.
MORNING MINUTES: Word of the Day, Web Site of the Day, Number to Know, This Day in History, Today’s Featured Birthday and Daily Quote.
FAMILY PAGE: A full house.
FAMILY TIME: Weekly family rail, with tips on how to do a candy craft, a review of “G-Force,” a corn dog recipe and more.
5 THINGS TO DO THIS WEEKEND: Watch the X Games, celebrate Friendship Day, go see “Funny People,” celebrate J.K. Rowling, Herman Melville and James Baldwin, and observe National Mustard Day.
DEIRDRE REILLY: Parents, are you an ILDOH, an AMGUL or an IWOUD? - When was the last time you told other parents what your guidelines are for your child when he or she is away from home? Have you informed others of what you do and do not allow your kids to watch, listen to and play? If you are like most of us, probably not. So enjoy this handy guide to making your wishes regarding your child’s influences known - in a funky Tolkien kind of way!
KELLY EPPERSON: Pregnant women shouldn't worry about the swine flu - I just read this headline: Pregnant women are more vulnerable to the swine flu. I am not making light of the swine flu or any ailment or disease, but jeepers creepers, pregnant women worry enough. They don’t need one more thing to keep them up at night.
RELIGION NEWS: Weekly religion rail, with items on a boy who didn't want to go to church, religious speech, getting to know Ralph Winter and more.
OLDER PRIESTS: Boston archdiocese expects pastors to stay on job longer -- The Boston Archdiocese has always encouraged pastors to stay active until they’re 75. As priests grow fewer and older – 20 percent south of Boston are 70 or older – they’re now expected to keep working, at least in temporary parish assignments.
SUDOKU: Puzzles for August (puzzles 407-434) are available for download. Previous puzzles are linked to in this file, or visit our Puzzles category.
SNEAK PREVIEW: 'Funny People,' 'Afghan Star' and other movies opening this week. By Al Alexander.
FLICKS MOVIE COLUMN: Sandler latest addition to Apatow entourage – Adam Sandler made a mint entertaining frat boys and adolescents with a strange blend of sticky-sweet sincerity and over-the-top raunch. And now he’s in “Funny People,” movie No. 6,385 this year for writer/director/producer/makeup artist/key grip/delivery guy/astronaut/chimney sweep/Jonah Hill meal ticket Judd Apatow. By John Meo.
SINGER/AUTHOR: Joe Pernice set to release new novel, companion album – Joe Pernice will release “It Feels So Good When I Stop (Novel Soundtrack)” on his own Ashmont Records on Tuesday. The novel of the same name that inspired the album, “It Feels So Good When I Stop,” arrives two days later from Penguin imprint Riverhead Books.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Weighing court picks.
GRANLUND CARTOON: Tanning bed dangers.
GRANLUND CARTOON: On the Obama family’s ‘private’ vacation.
BRITT CARTOON: Obama, a beer and race relations.
BEER NUT: What's the best brew for White House meeting? - It could be the most anticipated beer selection in U.S. history: Which brew will President Barack Obama, Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Cambridge, Mass., police Sgt. James Crowley drink when they meet Thursday at the White House?
DAN MAC ALPINE: How many ‘teachable moments’ do we need? -- Dan Mac Alpine wonders how life-long slights affected personal responses in the Henry Louis Gates affair.
LLOYD GARVER: Lloyd Garver: Obama born in the U.S.A.? - Generally, the main reason that a conspiracy theory exists is that it's difficult to disprove. So you may think it strange that this year's big one has been able to survive. I'm talking about the notion that Barack Obama was not really born in the United States and that there has been a conspiracy to cover that up.
KENT BUSH: Higher taxes on sodas won't address weight issues - You’ll have to forgive this fat kid for pushing back. But I didn’t take it lying down when I was 12. I’m certainly not going to start now. As all of these Congressional scholars and genetically fortunate media wonks get to take their daily pot shots at fat people, they continue the victimization that those of us who have struggled with weight issues have faced since our waist line first began to expand.
EDITORIAL: Rep. Massa was right -- POW deserves our support - Fox News aired an interview on July 19 with Lt. Col. Ralph Peters about a video that surfaced of U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl. Pvt. Bergdahl, who was captured by the Taliban on June 30, described his fear that he’d never again tell his family he loved them. Peters, managing to appear both haughty and hawkish, denounced Bergdahl, calling him “an apparent deserter” and a liar, and he accused him of collaborating with the enemy. He went so far as to say the Taliban could save the United States “legal hassles and legal bills” by executing Bergdahl outright. By Daily Messenger.
KEVIN FRISCH: The congressional summer reading list - Health care — and the reform thereof — is a serious and pressing issue, the resolution of which will have vast consequences personally and financially not only for every man, woman and child in the nation, but for the nation as a whole. It is, therefore, of little interest to us. But the idea of a reading list for Congress? That’s a topic more in line with the intellect normally associated with this column. As proof, here is our humble suggestion for a congressional reading list.
PETER CHIANCA: Kids disassemble the darndest things - Well, I’ve been at this fatherhood thing for four years now, and father of two for about 22 months, so I must have mastered it by now. Right? That sound you hear is other fathers laughing so hard the crusted oatmeal almost falls off their ties.
BRIAN MACKEY: Finding focus in a world full of distractions - The idea that wandering attention could be beneficial has recently gained traction, at least in the media. But there’s a perpendicular strain that’s gotten attention in recent years, one that seeks to balance the constant buzz of connectivity with making time to think.
KEVIN HAAS: Hey, booze isn't rocket science - Oftentimes Americans are distracted with petty issues and overlook important crises, such as world hunger, that desperately need attention. This is another example of one of those times. Today’s topic is drinking and getting drunk. I do not like either drinking or getting drunk. I feel like the invention of alcohol started with the question, “What if hitting yourself in the head could come in liquid form?”
EDITORIAL: Hey, Bud: Pete Rose deserves to be eligible for Hall - The rumor that Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig was considering reinstating Pete Rose was denied faster than Rickey Henderson used to steal bases in his prime. Henderson was inducted Sunday into the baseball Hall of Fame, an honor that appears will never happen for Rose. Too bad. Pete Rose deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. If the person who has the most hits ever collected during a major league career doesn’t belong in the Hall of Fame, who does? An editorial from the Rockford Register Star.
EDITORIAL: Instead of more spending, try fiscal discipline - You could say Americans are seeing red with the news that, for the first time, the federal deficit has topped $1 trillion, and with the fiscal year far from over. Before 2009 is done, the deficit could reach $1.8 trillion, quadrupling the former record. An editorial from the Peoria Journal Star.
MODULAR CHURCH: Massachusetts church rebuilt in a day -- United Church of the First Born, which burned down in a 2007 fire, was rebuilt in a single day on Wednesday. It is believed to be the first modular church of its kind in New England.
GATES ARREST: Some urge review board to investigate police operations after Gates arrest -- Cambridge's Police Review and Advisory Board has the ability to investigate complaints about police misconduct. In the aftermath of the Henry Louis Gates incident, some Cambridge residents are asking why it hasn’t exercised that right.
PROSTITUTION RING: Prosecutors say N.H. reporter ran prostitution ring -- A veteran sports reporter for New Hampshire’s largest newspaper is accused of running a prostitution ring that began in Quincy, Mass., and stretched to two states and Canada and featured women who had auditioned for him.
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BIZ BITS: Weekly business rail, with a look at entrepreneurs, BBB Watch, the best places to find affordable homes and more.
DAVE RAMSEY: Weekly financial Q&A, with advice on a large car loan by a minimum-wage worker and handling finances in a marriage.
CAT: Caterpillar may idle Mapleton, Ill., plant for two months - Caterpillar Inc. may have to shut down its foundry for two full months at the end of the year if the engine business doesn’t pick up, a union official said Wednesday. By Paul Gordon of the Peoria Journal Star.
NASCAR PAGE: Need for seed.
NASCAR POSTER: Poster page: Mark Martin.